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Small grants making a big difference to community Rugby League

As Rugby League begins a phased return, the RFL is delighted to announce the latest recipients of funding from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 CreatedBy capital grants (small awards) scheme.

The CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants programme provides funding to support grass roots rugby league and helping make a huge impact in rugby league communities.

The following awards total in excess of £143,000, taking the grand total of RLWC2021 small grants to more than £566,000.  


  • Glasson Rangers ARLFC, Maryport – £12,100 towards refurbishing the club house and changing rooms.
  • Maryport ARLFC – £3,600 towards kit and equipment to grow number of junior players and teams from minis through to Under 14s.

Lancashire and Cheshire

  • Cadishead Rhinos ARLFC, Salford – £14,500 towards floodlighting which will allow players to train on their own club’s pitches over the winter months instead of hiring more costly external facilities.
  • Haresfinch Rugby and Community Club, St Helens – £5,300 towards kit and equipment for their new Under 6s team, and towards groundworks to create a bespoke junior rugby pitch.
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – £1,400 towards equipment to create opportunities for new students to enjoy Rugby League as the game builds towards RLWC2021.
  • Rylands Sharks ARLFC, Warrington –£8,700 towards playing and ground equipment to help set up a new junior club at Bennett’s Recreation Ground.
  • Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation – £11,200 towards new wheelchairs and equipment to help increase participation in the Wheelchair format of the game.
  • Woolston Rovers Rugby League Club, Warrington – £14,900 towards refurbishment of their changing rooms and the conversion of a portable cabin into a toilet block.

London and South East

  • Elmbridge Eagles Rugby Club, Surrey – £10,400 for playing equipment and to facilitate improvements at their Oaken Lane Ground.
  • Soldiers League Charity (Army Wheelchair Rugby League), Aldershot – £11,700 towards new wheelchairs and equipment to provide injured soldiers with the opportunity to play the Rugby League.


  • Derby City RLFC – £2,500 towards equipment to help grow the junior section and give young people the opportunities to play Rugby League.

North East

  • Newcastle Magpies RLFC – £6,400 awarded to a brand new Rugby League club in the area, towards kit and equipment to support the creation of the new club and its teams.
  • Newcastle Rugby Foundation – £12,900 to create and develop a new Wheelchair Rugby League team under the banner of Newcastle Thunder.

South West

  • Swindon St George RL awarded £4,293.74 towards rugby posts for their new ground as well as other essential rugby league playing equipment to assist their mini and junior sections get up and running.


  • Catterick Crusaders Rugby League – £4,300 towards kit and equipment to increase the number of young people playing across the under 14, 15 and 16 age groups.
  • Forge Valley School, Sheffield – £2,100 to support school games organisers across South Yorkshire with equipment to run and develop Tag Rugby League competitions.
  • Greetland Allrounders ARLFC – £540 towards equipment for a new girls Under 14s team and to improve participation at Under 12s.
  • Illingworth ARLFC, Halifax – £11,750 to purchase and convert storage to changing rooms for the club’s growing junior (boys and girls) teams.
  • Wibsey Warriors, Bradford – £4,370 towards Rugby League equipment to support the sustainability of the club and allow for future growth.

Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said:

“Our partners at Rugby League World Cup aim not only to deliver an outstanding tournament, but to build a legacy for our game beyond 2021. With more than £566,000 already awarded through the small grant scheme, they are also helping building strong foundations
for the recovery of the community game right now during the current crisis.”


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Club Cash

AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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